I'm suffocating under the weight of others' expectations. If I have to sit through one more afternoon tea, listening to my simpering stepmother extoll the benefits of traditional roles for women, I fear I'll scream, "The world is changing. It's 1900!"
I want more from life than she can imagine.
If she knew of my interest in Gabriel, she'd have a fit of the vapors. She'd bemoan his humble beginnings and lack of wealth rather than recognize his integrity or his loyalty to his brothers. If she saw how he stares at me, as though I'm a puzzle he's trying to solve, she'd lock me in my room. He fascinates me, as no one has since that awful day.
How can we surmount society's prejudices and allow our love to grow?
To living a life she desires with the man she loves, Clarissa Sullivan continues to teach poor, immigrant children and to agitate for the vote for women as she awaits Gabriel's return to Boston. Will her stepmother leave her in peace or is her life about to change again in unforeseen ways?
Clarissa is the woman he now wants to marry, Cameron Wright renews his pursuit of her. Charming, wealthy and well-bred, he is perceived as the ideal gentleman for a blacksmith's daughter. With Gabriel far from Boston and his return uncertain, why should Clarissa continue to reject Cameron?
After his banishment from Boston, Gabriel McLeod forges a new life in a remarkable city. Will the memories of the love he shared with Clarissa sustain him?
Will Clarissa overcome deceit and treachery and reclaim her love?
In spirit by the death of her daughter and by disillusionment with her marriage, Savannah Montgomery must find the strength to rediscover her sense of self-worth. Living in a mansion in Boston's Back Bay, surrounded by maids, she's learned wealth alone will not bring happiness. Submerged in a deep depression, a chance encounter brings friendship into her life. Will her friend's faith in her embolden her to embrace a newly envisioned future?
By his actions in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, Jeremy McLeod believes he will continue to battle the darkness alone. Returning home to Boston's North End, wounded in body and spirit, he consigns himself to a solitary life. Working in his brother's workshop brings much needed solace, but will it be enough?
To forging a life with her husband Gabriel, in Montana, Clarissa McLeod is determined to fulfill her role as wife. When actions from her past continue to haunt her present and threaten her future, will Clarissa trust in her husband's love and surmount her deepest fears?
Undaunted Love follows the McLeod, Sullivan, and Russell families as they struggle against injustice, persevere against loss and betrayal, and learn that the strongest bonds are the ones forged by loyalty and love.
By personal loss, Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod fear for their marriage. Blinded by anger, grief and remorse, Clarissa is unwilling to forgive Gabriel, a man who believes he does not deserve forgiveness.
To her beliefs, Zylphia McLeod defies society's acceptable role for women. As a suffragist, painter and volunteer at the orphanage, she clings fiercely to her independence. However, her budding friendships will challenge long-held beliefs and fears.
In their determination for women to receive the vote, the McLeod women march on Washington. After suffering a brutal attack, they remain committed to their cause. From Newport to Boston to Montana, they continue the struggle to ensure the enfranchisement of all women.
Join the McLeod family as they battle loss, celebrate family, and discover that love must be tenacious if it is to survive.
After the disappearance of her beloved in the Great War, Zylphia McLeod focuses her energy on the Massachusetts referendum to grant women the right to vote. Unwavering in her love for Teddy Goff, she eagerly awaits any news of him. What will she do if he doesn't return to her?
In her selfless dedication to her family, Parthena Tyler accedes to societal pressures in order to protect her sisters. Determined to play the piano and to continue in the struggle for women's enfranchisement, she discovers an inner strength to combat the pressure to conform. She soon discovers not everything is as it appears in her marriage.
At the loss of the woman he loves, Lucas Russell immerses himself in music composition. A sought-after piano maestro, he relishes in taunting society matrons with pro-suffrage songs while performing in their private parlors. As he struggles to overcome rumors and avoid scandal, he learns that commitment and integrity are as essential as passion when it comes to love.
Join the McLeod, Russell and Wheeler families in 1915 Boston as they champion a woman's right to vote, defend and celebrate their artistic pursuits, and learn that an enduring love is an unrelenting love.
By her father's actions to marry her for financial gain, Genevieve Tyler agrees to a desperate plan hatched by her sister to save her from a renowned rake. Leaving her beloved Boston behind, she hurtles west toward an unforeseen future with an unknown man. Genevieve must find the courage to share her true self with Lucas Russell rather than hide behind her shell of indifference.
In his agreement to aid Genevieve, Lucas Russell struggles to overcome recent heartache and forge a new life with Genevieve. Silencing the echoes of the past to trust in a future with her will prove his greatest challenge.
Genevieve and Lucas discover that their escape from Boston grants them the freedom to live unfettered by societal and familial expectations. As they strive to overcome misunderstandings and face their fears, will they allow their love to grow?
Escape to Love, a novella, is book six in the Banished Saga. It is a sweet historical romance.